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    SubjectRe: Congrats to Richard Gooch
    Khimenko Victor writes:
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    > On Fri, 18 Feb 2000, Richard Gooch wrote:
    >
    > > Khimenko Victor writes:
    > > > In <38AB518A.9D61228C@isn.net> Garst R. Reese (reese@isn.net) wrote:
    > > > > I have followed with some interest the saga of devfs.
    > > > > Complete with radical activists vs. Peter's questions of "what's it
    > > > > for?"
    > > > > Richard's patient explanations, and devoted support with timely patches.
    > > > > There is a big time lesson here for people with a strong belief in their
    > > > > idea.
    > > > > Hat's off to Richard Gooch for his persistance and also to hpa.
    > > > > There are many lessons here for contributors.
    > > > > Garst
    > > > > 46-5
    > > >
    > > > What should be done now is to clean up all stuff. Gooch done
    > > > everything he can himself. Now when devfs is part of official kernel
    > > > it's time to polish up devfs further. For example situation with ZIP
    > > > drives does not look right to me. When there are no zip disk in
    > > > drive and module is not loaded there are no
    > > > /dev/ide/host0/bus1/target1/lun0/part4 . If I'll put zip disk in
    > > > driver and will try to mount it ide-floppy will be loaded and
    > > > mounted. So far so good. The bad thing happens when I try to mount
    > > > zip disk when there are NO zip disk in drive. Then only
    > > > /dev/ide/host0/bus1/target1/lun0/disc is created, not
    > > > /dev/ide/host0/bus1/target1/lun0/part4 :-(( So even if I'll put zip
    > > > disk in drive I can not mount it :-((
    > > >
    > > > IMO right way to deal with this situation is to add some "rescan"
    > > > function in devices. So you can force rescan of attached devices
    > > > without driver unloading and loading again. This problem exists
    > > > there without devfs (if I turn my SCSI scanner after system reboot I
    > > > can not use it -- I need to restart system), devfs just make it more
    > > > pervasive...
    > >
    > > Devfs already has a rescan facility. SCSI and IDE removable drives are
    > > using this. Someone should look at the IDE subsystem and figure out
    > > if and why this isn't working. I can't test it myself.
    > >
    > How it should be iniciated ? It should be done by devfsd when I try
    > to access /dev/ide/host0/bus1/target1/lun0/part4 if it's not there
    > -- what I should write in devfsd config file to do so ?

    For now, something like:
    LOOKUP ide/host0/bus1/target1/lun0/part. MODLOAD <whatever>

    should work. I'll think about something more elegant.

    Regards,

    Richard....
    Permanent: rgooch@atnf.csiro.au
    Current: rgooch@ras.ucalgary.ca

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